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Oxford University Gazette, 22 February 2007 : Advertisements


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Oxford University Newcomers' Club

The Club welcomes the wives, husbands and partners of visiting scholars, graduates and members of the University who are new to Oxford. It aims to offer help, advice and information, and the opportunity to meet others socially. Informal coffee mornings are held at 13 Norham Gardens every Wednesday 10.30 a.m.–12 noon except for two weeks at Christmas and Easter. Newcomers with children (0–4 years) meet every Friday in term 10.15 a.m.–12 noon. Other term-time activities include a Book Group, informal Conversation Group and tours to colleges, museums, and other places of interest, also country walks, garden trips and a visit to an antique centre. Second-hand items can be bought on Wednesday mornings 10.30 a.m.–12 noon from the equipment room. Visit our website: www.ox.ac.uk/staff.

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Society for Graduates

Meetings are held on Fridays at 8 p.m. in the Okinaga Room in Wadham College, Parks Road. Visitors are welcome. Graduates of any university and of all ages are eligible for membership. 23 Feb., Dr Charles Swaisland, former colonial administrator: 'An 80-year love affair with Africa'; 2 Mar., Mark Davies, local history author and publisher: 'A literary history of Oxford's waterways'; 9 Mar., John Tolson, seafarer and film maker: 'Antarctica—the enigma. History and travels' (tbc). Members: £5 per term. Visitors: £1.50 per meeting.

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OUS Theatre Trip

The Entertainer, The Old Vic Theatre, London. Wed., 16 May. We have reserved a block of seats in the stalls for alumni, family and friends. The evening will begin with an exclusive reception. We have arranged a brief introductory talk by a member of the Creative Team, followed by the opportunity to ask questions. Tickets cost £55, and refreshments and wine are included. For further information, please see our website www.alumni.ox.ac.uk or phone 01865 288087.

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Concert

Oxford Chamber Music Society concert in Holywell Music Room, Sun., 25 Feb. at 2.45 p.m. The 1991 London Competition winning Wihan String Quartet will play Haydn, op. 64 no. 5 'Lark', Schubert, op. 29 'Rosamunde' and, with Martin Kasik (winner, Chopin Competition), Schumann's Piano Quintet, op. 44. Free Cavatina tickets for 8-22 year-olds (with card). Tickets from Oxford Playhouse on 01865 305305 or www.ticketsoxford.com or at the door.

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Conferences

Green Economics Institute. Progressive economics invitation to the Oxford University 2-day Green Economics Conference: 'Challenges of Social and Environmental Justice' at Mansfield College, 3–4 Apr. An international conference covering the newly emerging discipline of green economics with special delegations from China, India and Nigeria; including sessions on poverty prevention, environmental justice, energy, and feminism. For a detailed list of speakers and booking information see our website www.greeneconomics.org.uk.

Day Conference: 'The Archaeology of the Oxfordshire Thames Valley', Christ Church, Sat., 8 Sept. For further details contact Academic Study and Travel, 3 Whites Forge, Appleton, Abingdon, OX13 5LG. Email: trevor@academic-study.com.

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MECO Monthly Forum

Metropolitan Chief Superintendent Ali Dizaie speaks about the 'Challenges of policing in the Muslim community', at 5 p.m. on Tues., 27 Feb. in the Haldane Room, Wolfson College. Dr Dezaie is Commander of Hounslow Borough Police and the author of a controversial autobiography entitled Not one of us. After his lecture, he will sign copies of this candid and critical commentary on his life and career in the Metropolitan Police. All welcome. For further details: info@meco.org.uk or telephone 01865 766032.

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Leckford Place School

Leckford Place is Oxford's new independent day school. Fully co-educational from age 11, the school offers a distinctive new option in independent education for parents and children in Oxfordshire. Scholarships: academic, art and performing arts. All information from the Registrar, Mrs Corinna Hilton, on 01865 302620. www.leckfordplace.com.

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Antiques Bought and Sold

Antiques and decorative objects bought and sold: desks and library furniture always wanted, also garden stonework and large gilt picture frames—any condition. Please call: Greenway Antiques, 90 Corn Street, Witney, Oxon. Open Mon.–Fri., 9.30 a.m.–5 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Tel.: 01993 705026, mobile: 07831 585014.

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Restoration and Conservation of Antique Furniture

John Hulme undertakes all aspects of restoration: 30 years' experience; collection and delivery. For free advice, telephone or write to: The Workshop, 11A High Street, Chipping Norton, Oxon. OX7 5AD. Tel.: 01608 641692.

Scott Bennett undertakes restoration of antique furniture using traditional methods so that you can be confident that your furniture is in the hands of a professional who is sympathetic to the period that the furniture represents. Scott Bennett operates from the North Oxford area. Free quotations are available on request and delivery/collection is also available. For full details on services offered and contact information visit www.scottbennettrestoration.co.uk.

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Services Offered

Big or small, we ship it all, plus free pick up anywhere in Oxford. Also 24-hour photocopying, private mailing addresses (24-hour access, and mail forwarding world-wide), binding, fax bureau, colour photocopying, mailing services, and much more. Contact or visit Mail Boxes Etc., 266 Banbury Rd., Oxford. Tel.: 01865 514655, fax: 514656. Email: summertown@020.mbe.uk.com, also at 94 London Rd., Oxford. Tel.: 01865 741729, fax: 01865 742431. Email: staff@mbeheadington.co.uk.

Town and Country Trees: arboricultural contractors; modern arboricultural techniques; local authority approved; safeguarded by full Public Liability insurance. Free advice and quotations. Tel.: 0845 458 2980 or 07976 261850 (mobile).

Elsfield Editorial. Professional editing, proof-reading, writing, design and critique services for your web page, business, or academic and creative works. More than 25 years' experience as an author, broadsheet journalist and page designer for the FT, the Observer, and The Economist. Make your newsletter stand out; your magazine and newspaper submissions punchy and professional; your thesis polished and easy to read. For a quote, telephone 01865 358737 or 07971 683377.

Carpenter/joiner. For bookcases and wardrobes etc. made on site to your specifications. Portfolio available. Call Rob Guthrie on 01993 868892 (evening) or 07961 444957 (daytime). Email: rob@robguthrie.com. Web: www.robguthrie.com.

Isis van man. Your local and UK light removal and delivery service. www.isisvanman.com. Tel.: 08702 404629. Email: help@isisvanman.com.

Portrait sculpture. Ruth Bader Gilbert offers portrait sculpture to academics and their families. Ruth is a local artist who has made many portraits of Oxford academics. Her work is currently on show at the Oxford Town Hall's new gallery with Oxford Art Society until 2 Mar. More information on www.ruthbadergilbert.net, or tel.: 01865 559176.

Ron Taylor ARCM. Double bassist and violin/bow restorer. Very experienced player and teacher: all standards, from beginner to soloist. Or are you in need of an instrument or a repair to your violin/viola/cello/d-bass? Call me and make an appointment on 01367 710363. Email: rontaylor@arcostrings.fsnet.co.uk.

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Domestic Services

Carpet/upholstery/rug cleaning by Grimebusters, Oxfordshire's local specialists. Domestic, commercial and college. We offer you the latest wet or dry cleaning systems at highly competitive rates. Fully insured, trained and NCCA approved. Free estimates and friendly advice. Tel.: 01865 726983 / 01235 555533 / 01993 868924.

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Tuition Offered

Learn to drive really well with an Advanced Driving Instructor who has been teaching in Oxford for 13 years with a 75% pass rate (national average: 45%). Free one hour when you book your first two-hour lesson. Intensive courses, motorway and refresher lessons all tailored to suit your needs. Call Paul on 07786 176122. Email: ACzyba@aol.com. Website: www.instructortraining.org.uk.

Welsh Marches study break, 25–29 Apr., based at Feathers Hotel, Ludlow. Further details from Academic Study and Travel, 3 Whites Forge, Appleton, OX13 5LG. Email: trevor@academic-study.com.

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Situations Vacant

St Cross College requires a full-time Personal Assistant to the Master of the College (37.5 hours p.w.). Applications are invited for the above in the administration team of this small, friendly and egalitarian college. The post holder will be responsible for day-to-day secretarial and administrative support to the Master, and on behalf of the fellowship along with support for alumni relations. They will also be responsible for organising college social and ceremonial occasions. The role will involve daily contact with students, fellows, alumni and visitors of the College. The role also involves working approximately 9 Saturdays per year, for which time in lieu will be offered. Applicants should ideally have experience of general office work, be computer literate, numerate, with good organisational and communication skills and demonstrate a cheerful and helpful manner. Salary will be £17,363–£20,437 p.a. within Grade 4 of the University's support staff scales, depending on experience. Further particulars and application forms are available from the Bursar's Administrative Assistant, St Cross College, St Giles, Oxford, OX1 3LZ. Tel: 01865 278 477. Email: laura.king@stx.ox.ac.uk.

Desk Officer. Part-time considered. Valid International is a company specialising in improving the quality of humanitarian assistance. We are currently seeking a desk officer to help with the coordination of our operations. The candidate will have a degree level qualification preferably in a field related to Valid's work and extensive experience of report writing, donor funded applications and budget monitoring. Salary: circa £17,000. Closing date: 28 Feb. To apply please visit www.validinternational.org.

Medical Administrator/Secretary. Full- or part-time, £8.50 per hour. Small, friendly GP practice in Oxford city centre seeks Administrator/Secretary to offer an excellent service to our patients, and to us! This involves typing up documents, processing referrals, and assisting people to negotiate the NHS and private systems. Healthcare experience is useful but not essential. Start date 2 July. Contact Charlotte Robinson on 01865 311811 for an application form. Web: www.28beaumontstreet.co.uk.

Wesley Memorial Methodist Church, Oxford, seeks Youth and Children's worker for immediate appointment. 12 hours p.w., including time on Sundays. Salary £5,000 p.a. Ideal post for committed energetic Christian. Full details and application pack from the Church Office. Closing date: 14 Mar. Tel.: 01865 559007. Email: churchoffice@wesleymem.org.uk.

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Houses to Let

An Englishman's home is his castle—so the saying goes. We cannot pretend that we have too many castles on offer but if you are seeking quality rental accommodation in Oxford or the surrounding area we may be able to help. QB Management is one of Oxford's foremost letting agents, specialising in lettings to academics, medical personnel, and other professionals. Our aim is to offer the friendliest and most helpful service in Oxford. Visit our website at http://www.qbman.co.uk and view details of all the properties that we have currently available to let. Alternatively, telephone, fax, or email us with details of your requirements and we will do whatever we can without obligation. Tel.: 01865 764533. Fax: 01865 764777. Email: info@qbman.co.uk.

Central North Oxford. Lovely 1–2 bedroom Victorian house to let in North Parade. Stylish architect-designed interior over three floors. Part furnished. Wooden floors. G.c.h. Small patio garden. Ideal home/office. Available now. £1,300 p.c.m. Contact: acerwalk@mac.com or 01865 864959.

Stylish Victorian house, Cowley Road OX4 1HR, 5 min. walk to City centre. Recently refurbished, furnished, 4 double bedrooms, separate sitting/dining rooms, wooden floors, new kitchen, g.c.h., microwave, washing machine. 40 ft rear walled garden with back access to alley. £1,600 p.c.m. Available 1 Aug. Mobile: 07789 765 867. Email: margaretevison@yahoo.co.uk.

Beautifully restored house (dating from the eighteenth century) in ancient centre of pretty village, 6 miles from Oxford. Four bedrooms, three sitting rooms, kitchen, dining room, large study, all mod. cons., garden, cleaner. Village has all services; good range of shops. Excellent 24-hour bus service to Oxford centre from our door (20 min. journey). Perfect for visiting academic family. Available 25 Mar.–12 Apr. £425 p.w. Email: jmacclancy@brookes.ac.uk. Tel.: 01865 483951 (work) or 01865 880142 (home).

Coach house with view to let. Idyllically situated coach house, views over Blenheim Park, Woodstock, twice-hourly bus to Oxford. Kitchen, dining/sitting room, bathroom, double bedroom, off-street parking. Ideal for professional single person or couple. £690 p.c.m. plus bills. Available Apr. Contact 01993 813569 or 07976 438336.

Waterways. Recently constructed 4–5-bedroom townhouse in this attractive development close to Summertown shops and North Oxford schools. Large kitchen/dining room, sitting room, study, four double bedrooms (2 with en suite shower rooms), family bathroom, large multi-purpose room, 2 parking spaces, garden. Furnished and decorated to a high standard, with pleasant view over small park and lake. Available from early Apr. to end of June—ideal for visiting professional family. £2,500 p.m. plus bills. Contact richard.g.haydon@btinternet.com.

Central North Oxford. Three-bedroom family house for short-term let in quiet street, Walton Manor near Jericho. Comfortable, fully equipped, all facilities. Garden, near Port Meadow and Phoenix cinema, Jericho cafés, 15 min. walk to city centre. Available 1 May–20 July (dates negotiable). Contact John on 01865 454149 or jas.elsner@ccc.ox.ac.uk. £1,000 p.c.m. incl. bills and national phone calls to land lines.

Iffley Village. Four-bedroom detached house in sought-after location with rural views. Living/dining room, modern kitchen/breakfast room, utility, bathroom with double shower cubicle, separate en suite and study. Garden and off-road parking. Convenient access to city centre, Oxford ring road and short walk to bus to town. Suit academic, professional family or couple. Available Apr. at £1,500 p.c.m. Call Finders Keepers on 01865 200012.

Beautifully refurbished 3-bedroom furnished home just off Banbury Road. Sitting room, good-sized kitchen/dining room. Bathroom, master bedroom with en suite and 2 further bedrooms. Off-road parking. Lovely garden. Good access to Summertown and buses into Oxford. Medics on the Move (Oxford) Limited. Email: jennystone@medicsonthemove.co.uk. Tel.: 01280 817926.

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Flats to Let

Central North Oxford: 10 minutes' walk from city centre, all main university buildings and parks, also very close to the river: available now for short/long let in extremely quiet, civilised, large Victorian house in this exclusive, leafy, residential Victorian suburb with large, light airy rooms: lovely fully-furnished ground floor flat with large double bedroom, large single study/bedroom, large drawing room, kitchen, bathroom. Back door to terrace and large secluded garden. Off-street parking. Available now. Tel./fax: 01865 552400. Mobile: 07789092274.

North Oxford , excellent location. Tastefully furnished 1-bedroom apartment available June–Aug.—a sunny and quiet flat with shared garden, off St Margaret's Road. Small shops are nearby. £700 p.m. Tel.: 01865 511540. Email: britt.coulthurst@oup.com.

Central North Oxford. Two bedrooms, two bathrooms, lounge, kitchen/diner, top-floor flat in a grand Victorian house within minutes' walk from most University departments. Best suited to mature and/or visiting academics, refurbishment just completed. £895 p.c.m. plus utility and council tax if applicable. Tel. 01865 516144. Email: a.fiorentino@ntlworld.com.

Attractive fully-furnished two bedroom apartment to rent for up to 6 months (negotiable) from 1 Apr. Large rooms, two floors. Excellent central Oxford location near shops restaurants, etc. On- street parking available. Would suit visiting academic. Reasonable rent for the right person. Circa £650 p.c.m. 01865 242738 (leave message).

Short-term lets, weekly or monthly, in high-quality, spacious, fully-furnished flat. Double bedroom with bathroom, all linen and towels, fully-equipped kitchen, open-plan living area, wireless broadband, Freeview TV. Set in grounds overlooking village church, ample parking, totally self-contained annex of private house in Cassington, three miles along A40 from North Oxford. £250 p.w., £800 p.m., includes everything. Email: john.hemingway@blakeproject.com. Tel.: 01865 883991.

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Vacation Lets

North Oxford . Five-bedroom house available mid-July to mid-Aug. Close to Summertown shops and restaurants, sports and fitness centre. On bus route, city centre two miles. All mod. cons. in ample kitchen/diner, extended sitting-room, large patio and long garden leading to playing fields. Linen provided, cleaner available. Contact 01865432597 or email MBos120640@aol.com.

Charming Victorian riverside house with 3 double bedrooms and pretty garden to let on Osney Island, Oxford, from 29 July to 28 Aug. Thames towpath walks from outside front door. Port Meadow 20 min., train station 3 min., town centre 10 min. walk. Would suit visiting family. £450 p.w. or £1,400 for the entire period. Email: Quentin.sattentau@path.ox.ac.uk. Tel.: 01865 241178.

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Accommodation Offered

Thomas Merrifield Lettings. We let and manage property throughout Oxford and Oxfordshire and always have a good selection of furnished and unfurnished properties available for 6- or 12-month lets. We have a team of dedicated staff based in Jericho in Oxford and would be delighted to help you with your accommodation search. Please phone us on 01865 515900. Fax: 01865 310823. Email: info@tmlettings.co.uk. Website: www.thomasmerrifield.co.uk.

Finders Keepers: for all of your accommodation needs please contact us—Oxford's rental specialist. Tel. 01865 311011. www.finders.co.uk.

Paying guests, visiting academics, welcomed for short or long stays in the comfortable home of a semi-retired academic couple, in exclusive, quiet, leafy central north Oxford, within walking distance of all main university buildings, town centre, parks, river, good shops, and restaurants. All rooms have colour TV, tea-/coffee-making facilities, microwave, and refrigerator and/or deep-freeze availability, c.h., and independent heating. Breakfast included in the very moderate terms. Tel./fax: 01865 557879. Email: eaton@norham23.freeserve.co.uk.

Comfortable, attractive B&B accommodation. Close to bus stop. 1.5 miles to High Street. Quiet and pleasant garden. No television. Nearby river walks. £40 per night. Concessions for longer term. Tel.: 01865 770501. Email: colejustine@yahoo.co.uk.

Wootton village, easy access to Oxford/Abingdon. Available again! Share superb luxurious townhouse near shops and countryside. Private suite of two freshly-furnished rooms, pleasant views, broadband, TV point, plus own bathroom. In addition, share wonderfully-equipped kitchen/diner, conservatory, garden and occasional chats over coffee with me! Few mins. drive Redbridge or Botley park-and-ride, or A34/ring road. Ideal 1–2 Uni or visiting staff. No smokers. £530 p.c.m. + deposit/bills. Contact Avril on 01865 327988 or avrilamail-misc@yahoo.co.uk.

Room to let in Osney island, within 15 min. walking distance of University. Large double room with en suite shower room and TV/DVD. £500 p.m. or reduction for longer let. Mature person preferred. Smoking allowed in garden. Please contact Mrs Jill Moss on 01865 242051 or email cjmoss@oxfree.com.

Temple Cowley. Two rooms available in quiet, non-smoking 3-person house. Property has just been refurbished to highest standard. Accommodation includes shared living room, breakfast room, kitchen, wet room and private enclosed garden. Rooms are for single occupancy only at £375 and £350 p.m. inclusive of council tax and water rates. Minimum let 6 months. Please contact James Sandham on 01865 430595 or 07736 398745, or email james.sandham1@ntlworld.com.

Light, self-contained single room available in family home. En suite bathroom with shower, cooking facilities, access to house kitchen for washing machine and more elaborate cooking. A quiet, pleasant attic room with views over gardens. Headington area, 5--7 min. from shops and bus routes. Must be n-s and be able to tolerate cats. £485 p.c.m. inclusive (except phone), including some cleaning. Available from 6 Apr. Tel.: 01865 766122.

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Self-catering Apartments

Fully-furnished and serviced 3 and 4-star self- catering apartments available in North Oxford; 15 min. from Oxford city centre. Suitable for short lets for visiting academics or business people. From £330 p.w. all inclusive. Sleeps 2–5 people. Tel.: 07870 234725. Website: http://www.weeklyhome.com. Email: info@weeklyhome.com.

OxfordShortlets offers a portfolio of high quality self-catering short let properties as an excellent alternative to hotel/guesthouse and bed and breakfast accommodation in Oxford and the surrounding villages. We have a wide selection of quality homes available for short stay lets from 1 week up to several months. OxfordShortlets provides property rental on a short-term basis for professional individuals, groups or families requiring housing while visiting Oxford for holiday/vacation, business/academic, relocation purposes or temporary accommodation in between homes. For more information, please call us on 01865 311696, fax us on 01865 511010, email admin@oxfordshortlets.co.uk or visit our website at www.oxfordshortlets.co.uk.

Luxury serviced apartments in the centre of Oxford. Ten per cent discount for all members of, or visitors to, the University of Oxford. Two bedrooms, two bathrooms, fully-equipped kitchen, separate lounge/diner. Computer, printer, Internet access, satellite TV, allocated parking, secure entry system, welcome pack and much more. From as little as £30 per person per night. Minimum of two nights' stay. Contact Ambassador's Oxford on 07795 955918. Email: ambassoxford@btinternet.com. Website: www.ambassadorsoxford.co.uk.

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Accommodation Sought

Going abroad? Or just thinking of letting your property? QB Management is one of Oxford's foremost letting agents and property managers. We specialise in lettings to both academic and professional individuals and their families, and have a constant flow of enquiries from good quality tenants seeking property in the Oxford area. If you would like details of our services, or if you simply need some informal help and advice without obligation, telephone us: 01865 764533, fax us: 01865 764777, or email us: info@qbman.co.uk. Alternatively, we would invite you to visit our Website at http://www.qbman.co.uk and see how we could be marketing your property.

Finders Keepers: for all of your accommodation needs please contact us—Oxford's rental specialist. Tel. 01865 311011. www.finders.co.uk.

Oxford house desired for July. A 3–4-bedroom furnished house, preferably with a garden, desired within walking distance of Brasenose College, for July. Prefer to rent but willing to consider trading for a house in La Jolla California or Exeter, New Hampshire, USA (1 hour from Boston) in July or other mutually agreed month. Please contact Brenda Baker at baker@san.rr.com.

US couple engaged in Oxford executive education seek home exchange in autumn 2007 or spring 2008, dates negotiable. Home in Seattle, WA. Three bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, close to city by bus or car. Similar home in Sun Valley, ID area could be available. No pets, n-s please. Email: exchange2007@aol.com.

House sitting. We are two responsible, female final year D.Phil students looking for house sitting opportunities in Oxford and surrounding villages over the summer, whilst writing our theses. We are happy to cat/dog sit, water the garden and do other household jobs. We could also pay rent. We are flexible with dates but are available June–Oct. References available. Please contact us to discuss any possibilities: susannah.murphy@psych.ox.ac.uk.< /p>

Swap Oxford–Bordeaux (France) for three weeks in July (8–29 July). French academics seeking for home exchange in Oxford, minimum 4 bedrooms. Exchange with large house (6 bedrooms) in the city centre of Bordeaux, with garage, garden, and swimming pool. Contact: demotes@bordeaux.inserm.fr. Mobile: 0033 62213 6791.

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Holiday Lets

Two pretty, isolated, old-fashioned Sussex cottages for rent by week or weekend. Open fires, polished floors, large studies, lots of books, unfitted kitchens. No TV, no telephone. Set in own organic farm with woods, valleys, river, and views of South Downs. University, OUP and College members only. Prices from £125. Email: haroldcarter@mac.com.

Venice, Italy. Charming apartment, just in the centre (S. Samuele vaporetto stop). Fully furnished, 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, large living room. Can sleep 5. £700 p.w. Contact: tagariello@libero.it.

Greek Island Holidays. Local Villa Specialist offers private pool villas, cottages and apartments in magnificent settings on the unspoilt and picturesque Greek islands of Skopelos and Alonissos. Private pool villas from only £80 p.p./p.w. Website: www.holidayislands.com. Email: thalpos@otenet.gr. Tel: +30 24240 29036. Fax: +30 24240 23057.

Mousehole, Cornwall. Dylan Thomas called Mousehole the most beautiful village in England. We have two attractive little harbourside cottages to let, each sleeping four. They are only 40 yards from each other—two families often come together. Sandy beaches inside, rocky pool outside the harbour walls; fishing allowed off the quays. From £240–£485 p.w. Winter: £195 p.w. Winter breaks: £100 (3 nights). Contact Mrs Dancy on 01736 7311377 or see www.mouseholeholidays.co.uk.

Gozo. Charming Mediterranean island. Superb views from our comfortable villa with pool, suitable for families of up to six. Rates are £900 p.w. in high season, other rates by application. For full colour photos and more details, ring 01367 240049 or see www.malcolmwarner.doctors.org.uk.

Paris. We (college fellow and friend) have a beautiful, well-equipped, privately-run one-bedroom flat, very central in the Marais, in a beautiful pedestrianised square. Close to Place des Vosges. First floor, large sitting room with en suite kitchen, bedroom and bathroom (shower). Short or medium lets. See www.ajparisflats.com for more details or email joe.chamberlain@tiscali.co.uk.

Cévennes region of southern France, between Nîmes, Montpellier, Ales and Millau. Chambres d'hôte ('B&B'). La Vialle, in the heart of typical cévenol village full of charm, has 5 double bedrooms with en suite bathrooms. The village has excellent facilities; ideal base for walking holidays (experienced, qualified guide available). A warm welcome guaranteed! Open all year from Easter. Contact Rachel/André (English and French spoken). Tel.: 0033 (0)499 530085. Email: rachelwender@wanadoo.fr. www.aumessas.com.

Tuscany, Siena area: Villa S. Stefano in Chiusi, within its large property, is the perfect and secluded place for a genuine vacation for max 10 people. Privacy, garden, pool, BBQ, a/c, SAT TV, wireless Internet, all comfort. Contact: dematam@libero.it or +393287133951. Web: www.demata.tuscany.it.

Well-appointed period house in the unspoilt village of Regencós, Catalonia (65 miles north-east of Barcelona). There are two interconnected self-contained flats, sleeping 4 and 3 people respectively. Both have kitchen, bathroom and lounge/diner. Attractive roof garden with beautiful views. Beaches within 6 miles. £400 p.w., £750 per fortnight, £1,400 per 4-week period. Tel.: 01993 810035. Email: charlesmould@btconnect.com.

Holiday lets, Pembrokeshire. Bungalow in a wonderful location between the foothills of the Preseli mountains and the North Pembrokeshire Coast. Fully furnished, with all modern appliances, but bed linen and towels are not supplied. Accommodates 5. £40 per night. Part weeks acceptable outside school holidays. Well-behaved animals welcome. For more details, email glenjohn@talk21.com or call 01239 841 223.

Umbria. Holiday cottage for rent. Adjacent to the peaceful borgo of Castel di Fiori. Perugia, Orvieto and Chiusi are easily accessible. Trains to Rome and Florence leave from our local railway station. The cottage sleeps four. There is a kitchen, bathroom, living room and a mezzanine, a terrace and parking. There are marked walking trails through the woods and along Lake Trasimeno. For information please contact 0039 0763 837186. Email: blchatterton@tiscalinet.it.

Tuscany, near Bagni di Lucca. Farmhouse sleeps eight in 4 double/twin bedrooms. Own 15 m-swimming pool. Rural hillside position with wonderful views. Restaurant nearby, village about 1 mile. Pisa 1 1/4 hours, Florence 1 1/2 hours. July/Aug. £1,200 p.w., May, June, Sept. £750 p.w. Contact smbriant@yahoo.com or phone us on 01869 331566.

West Devon. Detached holiday cottage available from week commencing Fri., 20 July to Fri., 31 Aug. only. Small private site, 30 min. coast or Dartmoor. Heated indoor swimming pool, fishing lake, play area, laundry. Walking distance to village shop/pub. Two bedrooms, TV, video/DVD player, fridge, dishwasher. Large decking area, views over Dartmoor. £550 p.w. Email margaret.webb1@which.net for info and photos or phone 0705 015 7172.

Spring and summer holidays in Porec Istria. Beautiful spacious apartment in centre of Venetian-style old town. Sea within walking distance. Sleeps 7/8. Heating if necessary. Well equipped for families. Masses to do for all ages. Very cheap Ryanair flights to Pula (40 miles away). From £42 per day for apartment. Email ann.buchanan@socres.ox.ac.uk for further details.

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House for Sale

Spacious family house, 4 bedrooms, 2 reception rooms, in peaceful area off Cumnor Hill next to open countryside. £380,000. Tel.: 01865 865660.

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Houses/Flats for Sale and to Let

Houses/flats for sale in Tuscany and Abruzzo. Holiday houses/flats for rent in Tuscany, Elba and Sardinia. Also, Italian language courses with accommodation offered in Florence and Sardinia. For further information call Angela Harwood Postiglione FRGS, FRSA, on 07770 738 977 (afternoons or evenings) or email angelaharwood@talktalk.net

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For Sale

Largish Victorian desk in good condition. £400 o.n.o. Please contact Barbara Bradshaw on 01865 439663 (answering machine).

Booksale. Huge stock clearance of second-hand, o/p, collectable and antiquarian books at Yarnton Antiques Centre, Unit 36B, Yarnton Garden Nurseries, Sandy Lane off Oxford to Woodstock Road. Open 10 a.m.– 4.30 p.m., 7 days a week. Tel.: 01865 379600.

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